reply to post by mysteryskeptic
I can see where you would believe they are related. The fact is, not only are they related, they are each an element comprised to create a larger
experience. The experience is commonly called "Sleep".
I don't mean to sound condescending, it's just that many people who have not experienced SP & OBE, as-well-as other steps in the natural sleep
progression, do not realize just how common these things are.
Each and everyone of us, who are healthy, experience sleep paralysis every time we fall asleep. It is quite simply a step in our natural sleep
process. We are programmed to enter SP as a preventative measure, to protect us from injury.
As we navigate our nightly sleep process we eventually enter the R.E.M (Rapid Eye Movement) phase. R.E.M. is the stage where our dreams take
If we entered R.E.M. immediately after falling asleep, and without any of the other steps leading up to R.E.M., we run a major risk of serious
injury. This is because we would quite literally act out our dreams. If you found yourself in a dream where you are an athlete running in the
Olympics, without sleep paralysis you would literally flail your arms and legs just as if you were trying to run while lying in bed. Sleep Paralysis
eliminates this hazard.
Most people will never experience ‘Waking Sleep Paralysis’, because their brain completes a flawless entry into their sleep state. Your conscious
mind will always fall asleep before sleep paralysis is initiated and sleep paralysis is always initiated before your enter R.E.M. It is the natural
progression into our routine sleep cycle.
Another bit of information that isn’t commonly realized is the fact that an average person will pass through this cycle several times during a
single 8 hour sleep session. As you exit one cycle and begin another, you will not become fully awake. Instead, you will enter the stage just before
Many times you will hear of someone ‘talking in their sleep’, or throwing a punch, as if they are fighting someone in a dream. These accounts are
the products of someone who is entering a new cycle. They have left R.E.M. sleep and have returned to the stage just before SP. This means SP is
turned off while the person progresses through another cycle.
When a sleep cycle ends and a new cycle begins we are at our lightest stage of sleep. It is during this time that most people will wake up, sometimes
with an urge to use the restroom or other nightly occurrences, such as checking on kids, etc.
As we settle into a nightly routine of falling asleep at about the same time and waking up in the morning at the same time, our bodies are programmed
to this schedule. Our sleep cycles are automatically adjusted in a way that allows us to be ending a cycle at the time we routinely wake up.
This customized sleep cycle allows us to transition from a deep, dreaming R.E.M. sleep, to the stage where we are closest to being awake - the same
stage we experience just before SP begins. This is why, when we over-sleep or wake up early, we tend to remember our dreams much easier than normal -
although they quickly fade from our memory.
If you are interested in manipulating your sleep patterns to test this our, be sure to place a note pad of paper and a pen/pencil by your bed. You
will need to write down the details of your dream immediately upon awakening, because they will be lost from memory within a few minutes.
Sorry for such a long description. I think it’s important to understand the basics of sleep cycles, before moving into more complex sleep state
I mailed you the steps to take to experience SP and potential OBE on your own. I would've posted here, but it is too long and I
don't want to hi-jack the thread.
Anyone else reading & interested in learning more, let me know and I'll mail you or I'll open a new thread about it.
One of the hardest parts for me to get past were the 'auditory hallucinations'. Many people describe them as a mid-range humming
sound, related to the 'electrical buzzing' feeling they experience with SP.
What I hear is a little different. It's very loud and sounds like a very large piece of glass shattering. It's similar to one of
those 'Rain Sticks'. A hollow stick with beads inside. When you turn it over, it sounds like heavy rain falling. Very suprising, especially when
it's something you've never heard/experienced with sleep before.